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Ankhon Dekhi – Film Review

I believe what I see - truth 'dawns' on him late in his life...


Ankhon Dekhi

He believes only what he sees with his own eyes and negate everythine else which he hasn’t seen or experienced.

It is a story of a man who begins to think philosophically and feels within himself the reality of life of seeing and
believing in those things which normally an average man wouldn’t think of treading into finding realisim in several ‘minute’ issues like hearing the roar of a tiger, flying like a bird…

Raje Bauji (Sanjay Mishra} is a man in his late fifties, living out a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi-
where he lives with his extended family. An executive in a travel agency, head of his family lives a typical middle class, happy, content life with his younger brother’s family.

A random incident is going to change his life in a dramatic way, though he does not realize at the moment.

Bauji’s daughter has been seeing a boy of ill repute. When that fact is revealed to the family, after much deliberation they decide to do the obvious – lock up the girl and go beat the willful boy.

Taking a cop along with them to warn the ‘laundiya baaz’ (means – a womanizer as labelled by other people), Bauji realises that the boy isn’t that bad as as the terrible reputation formed by the people around him. Ajju is exactly opposite of what he had heard about him. This incident gets him to think that what is being heard and talked about any thing or a person, isn’t exactly what is the truth behind it.

Bauji leaves his job and decides to stay at home, rather than ‘mislead or cheat the clients’ thats what he thought.

It is a funny old journey of this man, this old fool- who is both Lear and the fool.

He has worked all his life, got his younger brother Rishi (Rajat Kapoor) settled in life and thinks it is time for him to call it a day, and live the rest of his life peacefully.

Repurcussions are bound to occur as that in a typical middle class family. The younger brother Rishi’s wife thinks otherwise. How long will Rishi support his wife and children and the added burden of Bauji, his wife and children?

Rishi and his family seperate from Bauji, who feels hurt, yet doesn’t let it show out. Then begins the sensitive conflict of thoughts and ego divide between the two brothers.

Bauji at one point, stops speaking to people around. He practices ‘maun vrat’ (silence) which, according to him, will make him more knowledgeable.

This film gives the feel of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee’s films, widely appreciated by the audiences.

Ankhon Dekhi is a genuinely entertaining film minus the item numbers, flashy locations and other typical bollywood films released of late.

About the performances, Sanjay Mishra as the protagonist, is subdued and puts up a great show. Rajat Kapoor as his younger brother is natural, almost like a character in real life.

A fine film with a simple story, which touches your heart and makes you smile.

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Cast of Ankhon Dekhi:
Sanjay Mishra as Bauji (elder brother)
Rajat Kapoor as Rishi (younger brother)
Seema Pahwa as Amma (Bauji’s wife)
Maya Sarao as Rita (Bauji’s daughter)
Namit Das as Ajju
Manu Rishi Chadha
Brijendra Kala

Credits of Ankhon Dekhi:

Banner – Mithya Talkies Production
Producer – Manish Mundra
Directed by Rajat Kapoor
Story by Rajat Kapoor
Costume Designers – Darshan Jalan, Isha Ahluwalia
Executive Producer – Gurudas Pai, Munish Bhardwaj
Music Director – Sagar Desai
Lyricist – Varun Grover
Editor – Suresh Pai
Cinematography – Rafey Mehmood
Production Designer – Meenal Agarwal
Sound – Resul Pookutty, Amrit Pritam Dutta

Ankhon Dekhi – movie review